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Smoke Moving Out, Cooler Temperatures Moving In

By: Jordan Frazier
Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 5:30 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Today is one of the last days that we will see these warm and above average temperatures for a little bit. However, these dry and warm conditions continue to not help out the smoke and our air quality. The warnings have toned down a good bit, but the entire eastern side of the state is still under air quality warnings until tomorrow afternoon.

While the amount and coverage of the air quality warnings has been getting better, the eastern...
While the amount and coverage of the air quality warnings has been getting better, the eastern half of the state is still seeing lots of smoke and haze... for now.(Jordan Frazier)

Good news is that the smoke looks to be getting better over the next few days. The northeastern side can see some relief going into tomorrow and Friday, while the southeast will have to deal with the smoke for a little bit longer. Nothing in terms of rain for much of Wyoming today despite a cold front trying to make it’s way through from Montana. We are being dominated by a high pressure system right now near Yellowstone which is causing out warm conditions as well as bringing us that strong westerly wind we’ve seen over the past few days.

Starting tomorrow, we can see that cold front that has been lingering around in Montana start...
Starting tomorrow, we can see that cold front that has been lingering around in Montana start to move down bringing us some cooler temperatures for this weekend.(Jordan Frazier)

Starting tomorrow, that cold front will dip down cooling off much of the state. It will bring some slight rain chances for the southern border tomorrow, but I do not see any significant rain until about Friday or Saturday. Tonight, we can see some warm temperatures with the southeast seeing close to the 60 degree mark as opposed to the 50 degree mark like we normally see this time of year. We can also still see that haze sticking around for much of the evening as well. Despite the warm temperatures tonight and haze, it will be much cooler tomorrow with temperatures not even reaching the 90s according to the forecast, and the haze will begin to clear up.

Cooler temperatures tomorrow will be welcomed as that cold front moves down. Temperatures look...
Cooler temperatures tomorrow will be welcomed as that cold front moves down. Temperatures look to be staying below 90 according to our models.(Jordan Frazier)

Going into the later parts of the week, we can expect to see these cool temperatures stick around for this weekend, but our rain chances do go up. I’m certainly not complaining considering how dry it has been too. Be sure to tune in tomorrow because I will be discussing the new drought monitor, which I don’t think will be good considering how dry it has been for much of the week.

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